It’s one month till Christmas! Wait, that’s not what this post is about! The latest update to ‘Islands of Hope’ has taken it past the 10,000 word mark. I feel this is a milestone for me, more so the fact I am still keeping up with the project. I thought that being busy and focusing on ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ edits would mean fewer words this week but, somehow, I have managed about 900. I don’t think it is my best writing but does move the story along and shows, once again, how isolated Kira feels. The exciting news is that next weeks update will follow some people who are not Kira. That should, hopefully, diversify the story and add more depth. For now, though, you can read Chapter 9 here or start from the beginning here.
Bit of a slim update this week, was hoping to get over the 10,000 word mark in total but did not quite hit that due to only writing around 500 words. It is not all bad news though, although some of the lack of writing was due to being busy, more was because I have been focusing my writing time on editing ‘A Close Shave with Destiny.’ It is taking quite a while to edit but I am making my way through it slowly but surely. Back to ‘Islands of Hope.’ This update is the start of Chapter 9 and finally sets up where the group are heading. Yes, if you had not guessed already, this island of hope is my homeland of Guernsey. I am getting a bit scared as I am unsure where the story will take me after the next few updates. Oh well, I’ve got some time to think about it! Right, the usual phrase to finish. You can read the start of Chapter 9 here or start from the beginning here.
So there we go, the qualifiers have ended and now we know who the final 32 teams will be at the next world cup, held in Russia next summer. The successful teams will be…
- Costa Rica
- Korea Republic
- Saudi Arabia
There are some big guns missing, mainly Italy, USA and the Netherlands, but brilliantly, for me at least, England have made it. As we wait for the World Cup it seems now is a good time to do a promotion, I have not done one for some time. To keep you going while you wait for the World Cup you could read World Cup Dreams: Extra Time Edition and for this weekend it will be absolutely FREE on Kindle. I would like to do a promotion on the print copy but, unfortunately, that is out of my control (paper costs money you see!). So, you can download World Cup Dreams: Extra Time Edition from Amazon in the UK here or from Amazon in the US here. It should also be free in all the other countries Amazon operates. The only thing I would really like back is a review, be it good or bad. So here’s to a summer of excellent football and, hopefully, some excellent reading before that!
I’m not sure how I wrote a full chapter this week. It has been back to work for me and I’ve been busy in the nights. I think I have been worried about not getting words down so have been glued to my phone in every free moment. It is a short chapter but starts to build the relationship between Kira and Eliana which, I think, will be vital for later in the story. Remember I am going pantster on this one! I have so many ideas in my head, just need to organise them week by week. Some other great news this week is that one of my beta readers has found time to look at ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ and is a good way through it. But that’s for another time. For now you can continue to read ‘Islands of Hope’ on wattpad. Chapter 8 is here or you can start at the beginning here. I think that sentence is starting to become my catchphrase!
Normal service is resumed this week, a Saturday update. After my weekend away and being on half term I thought there might be a large update this week but I have started editing ‘A Close Shave With Destiny’ for the last time so I can finally release it. That has taken up some of my time. Anyway, back to ‘Islands of Hope.’ I have finished Chapter 7 and finally we learn the name of the tattooed man. Other than that it is really just more of showing the confusion in Kira and how Princips Ltd have changed the world. I am quite happy as I am starting to feel the world is building quite nicely.